Almost 35,000 homes evacuated as California wildfire spreads

A state of emergency has been declared in the affected area

Almost 35,000 homes evacuated as California wildfire spreads

Image: SB County Fire / Twitter

Wildfire in California have forced 82,000 people to flee their homes.

US authorities have ordered mass evacuations after the blaze, which follows an unprecedented drought in the region.

34,500 homes are affected by the evacuation warnings.

According to the latest update on the incident page for the fire, the blaze is currently around 18,000 acres with 700 personnel on scene.

Two firefighters received minor injuries after a group of six were entrapped by flames.

Authorities are warning that there is an "imminent threat to public safety, rail traffic and structures" as a result of the blaze.

It has not yet known how many properties have been destroyed or damaged as a result of the blaze.

Local governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency as the fire continues to spread.

Meanwhile, a man has been arrested on arson charges following a northern California wildfire that led to more than 175 homes and buildings being destroyed.

The fire, which hit the town of Lower Lake, caused over $10 million in damages, ABC reports.

Burned properties are seen after a fire tore through a residential area in Lower Lake. Image: Josh Edelson / AP/Press Association Images